6 September-25 October 2012. Goethe Institut projects a series of international movies.
On 6 September it projects the South African movie Uhlanga (The Mark) by the director Ndaaba ka Ngawane, which won the Golden Dhow Award. It tells the story of a nine years old Zulu boy, who watches helplessly as his father is doused with gasoline and burned to death when the villagers descend on his family. The film follows the boy’s life and his struggle of poverty, abuse, prejudice and hope in the face of death and destruction.
On 13 September it screens the Tanzanian movie Chungu by Kimela Billa, which won the Best Tanzanian Feature Film ZIFF Award. Being greedy, especially in politics is unacceptable. Shemton wants to become a councilor but is frightened by MamaSheki, who is well accepted in the community. So Shemton decides to accuse her of being a witch. Allegations spread widely and no one can stop them, but Mama Sheki breaks the pot.
On 20 September it screens a series of short films, including the Syrian film Ostora by Hani Kichi, the Algerian/ Cameroun movie Papanzenu and the Nigerian movie Duniya Juyi Juyi by Hannah Höchner.
On 27 September it screens a second series of short films, including the Kenyan movie Moccasins by Denis Kimathi and the Ethiopian/Italian movie Jeans & Marto.
On 4 October it is the turn of Pina, a 3D feature-length dance film, by Wim Wenders starring the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble. It pays homage to the unique and inspiring art of the legendary German choreographer and dancer Pina Bausch, who died in 2009. Her unique creations transformed the language of dance and offer an unforgettable visual experience. Pina was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival 2011 and Hong Kong International Film Festival 2011 and won the German Film Awards 2011 and the European Film Awards 2011 for Best documentary.
On 11 October there is the German movie Rhythm is it! By Thomas Grube and Enrique Sánchez Lansch. It tells of the amazing things happening in the Arena at Berlin’s industrial harbour: 250 Berlin children and teenagers of 25 different nationalities are dancing to Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, choreographed by Royston Maldoom and accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic.
On 18 October on screen is Invitation to the Dance by Gerhard Schick, who captures the working process of Gerda König, a German choreographer affected by muscular dystrophy, as she creates a dance with disabled performers in Kenya. Schick focuses on how art facilitates the creation of bridges between people (with and without disabilities), continents, races and cultures.
On 25 October it shows Dancing dreams by Anne Linsel, which pays homage to Pina Bausch. In 2008, just one year before Bausch’s death, a troupe of teenagers from the Wuppertal Dance Theatre started rehearsing Kontakthof, one of the most famous dance-theatre pieces by the German choreographer.